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The IPO engine has sputtered back to life, but who's going public? A look at the companies that have publicly listed so far in 2019

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Risun Udawatta   June 13, 2019


2019 has been an eventful year for initial public offerings (IPO). For almost two decades, the market has experienced a drought of tech IPOs, during which companies have chosen to stay private for much longer than in the past. However, with this year nearly halfway over, eight high-profile tech companies have already gone public in one of the most anticipated IPO seasons in the last several years. Despite the mixed bag of post-IPO trading performance, more highly valued startups are expected to publicly list later this year.


The 17 Biggest VC Fundings in 2019...So Far

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Michael Wenner   May 30, 2019

What a five months it's been. 2019 has been filled with a slew of massive funding rounds as tech companies prepare to head towards IPO exits - or perhaps, they'll just stay private forever - who knows? In any event, we've put together a list of private U.S. tech companies that have raised at least $500M in equity so far this year. The data was collected from Crunchbase.
Fun Facts:
  • There are four companies on this list in the autonomous vehicle space, raising a total of $3.18B in funding.
  • Doordash raised $600M three months and three days after their recent $400M round.
  • SoFi bought the rights to the new Rams/Chargers Stadium on the same day they announced their $500M funding round.

The Top 17 Largest Tech Fundings

17) SoFi
  • Last Funding Amount: $500M
  • Total Funding Amount: $2.5B
  • What They Do: Lending and Wealth Management

16) Clover Health
  • Last Funding Amount: $500M
  • Total Funding Amount: $925M
  • What They Do: Health Insurance

15) Rivian Automotive
  • Last Funding Amount: $500M
  • Total Funding Amount: $1.4B
  • What They Do: Autonomous Vehicles

14) Aurora
  • Last Funding Amount: $500M
  • Total Funding Amount: $620M
  • What They Do: Autonomous Vehicles

13) SpaceX
  • Last Funding Amount: $530M
  • Total Funding Amount: $3.2B
  • What They Do: Spacecraft and Rocket Manufacturer

12) UiPath
  • Last Funding Amount: $568M
  • Total Funding Amount: $1.0B
  • What They Do: Automation Software

11) DoorDash
  • Last Funding Amount: $600M
  • Total Funding Amount: $2.0B
  • What They Do: Delivery Logistics

10)  STX Entertainment
  • Last Funding Amount: $700M
  • Total Funding Amount: $700M
  • What They Do: Media & Entertainment

9) Nuro
  • Last Funding Amount: $940M
  • Total Funding Amount: $1.0B
  • What They Do: Robotics

8) Altavair
  • Last Funding Amount:  $1.0B
  • Total Funding Amount: $1.0B
  • What They Do: Aviation Finance

7) WeWork
  • Last Funding Amount: $1.0B
  • Total Funding Amount: $12.8B
  • What They Do: Building Management Solutions

6) Uber Advanced Technologies Group
  • Last Funding Amount: $1.0B
  • Total Funding Amount: $1.0B
  • What They Do: Autonomous Vehicles

5)  Flexport
  • Last Funding Amount: $1.0B
  • Total Funding Amount: $1.3B
  • What They Do: Freight Logistics

4) Verily
  • Last Funding Amount: $1.0B
  • Total Funding Amount: $1.8B
  • What They Do: Health Data

3) Cruise
  • Last Funding Amount: $1.2B
  • Total Funding Amount: $5.3B
  • What They Do: Autonomous Vehicles

2)  OneWeb
  • Last Funding Amount: $1.2B
  • Total Funding Amount: $3.0B
  • What They Do: Satellites Development

1) Infor
  • Last Funding Amount: $1.5B
  • Total Funding Amount: $4.0B
  • What They Do: Enterprise Software

There you have it! As always, keep checking the EquityZen blog for updates - this list may be bigger by the time you finish reading this post!


EquityZen Management Discusses Uber's IPO

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Risun Udawatta   May 09, 2019

On Friday, May 10, Uber will go public on the NYSE. The company's IPO is expected to be the largest IPO since Alibaba hit the public markets in 2014. On the eve of Uber's IPO, EquityZen's founders appeared on Cheddar, Bloomberg Asia, and CNBC to discuss their thoughts on Uber's IPO.

Below, we have compiled recent media appearances and relevant readings to help you stay up-to-date with the information you need to know about Uber as they ring the bell and go public.

Check out our Uber IPO Center to learn more!

Will Market Uncertainty Impact Uber IPO?

Phil Haslett, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of EquityZen, joined Cheddar to discuss Uber's IPO and how Friday may not be the best day for Uber given the recent market volatility.

"When you tack on this tariff disagreement that might come down tomorrow, it's kind of like having your wedding tomorrow and the hotel saying, 'Hey, by the way, we might have a Smashing Pumpkins concert happening right next to you.'" - Phil Haslett

EquityZen's Haslett on Uber IPO, Driver strike, Business Model

Phil Haslett, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at EquityZen, discusses the strike by Uber drivers around the world, the business model of the gig economy, how Uber can differentiate itself from Lyft, and Uber’s Asian competitors.

"At some point the rubber is going to meet the road with the gig economy, where Uber will need to convert the folks on 1099 contracts to full-time [employees], which is going to have a big impact on the business." - Phil Haslett

How Uber loses money

CNBC's Dierdre Bosa and EquityZen CEO Atish Davda join "The Exchange" to discuss Uber's plan to go public on Friday, May 10.

"Uber is pricing itself to be very distinct from Lyft, and hopefully for the final time say, 'We're not the same company. We're five times larger and we're in 56 more countries than Lyft is in.'" - Atish Davda

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